A small house of 6x6 m seems rather modest, but inside you can accommodate everything you need for year-round living. And also a similar option is suitable as a summer cottage. There are different projects, among which you can choose housing with a suitable layout and start building.
The modest size has its advantages. There are several reasons why you should choose a 6x6 house.
- Profitability. It is cheaper to build a compact building, which is important for people on a small budget. You can plan everything so that after construction work there are funds that will be used to equip the garden or other needs.
- Suitable for small areas. Such a house can be placed even within the boundaries of a modest allotment. It is also a good option for gardeners who want to leave most of the territory for beds and a garden.
- Low resource consumption. It is easier to heat a small house in winter, which saves fuel.
There is one drawback of such buildings - crampedness, but with a competent layout, you can arrange the rooms so that all residents have personal space. In addition, the house can be made two-story, add a balcony or veranda to get additional space.
Construction materials vary
- Foam blocks. They retain heat well, do not let in noise, do not burn, and you can build a building from them in about a month. Interior finishing will be required - walls made of foam blocks look ugly without processing.
- Bar. Eco-friendly material, does not require additional finishing, easy to install. The wood must be treated with special compounds to protect it from burning and decay. And you will also need additional insulation.
- Frame system. Buildings using this technology are assembled quickly and easily, like a designer. First, a frame is placed, which is then sheathed with SIP panels. Due to the presence of insulation, the house is also suitable for winter living.
A small cottage does not require the installation of a complex foundation, which allows you to save money during construction.
Even if the building is two-story, the listed materials are quite light, so they do not need heavy-duty supports.
Layout of one-story houses
Small cottages are more often used as summer cottages, but they are also suitable for year-round living if the family is small. Inside such a house, you can select all the necessary rooms:
- nursery or office;
- living room combined with kitchen and dining room;
Since living space is limited, it is desirable that the plan include a minimum number of partitions that take up additional meters. The standard version usually looks like this: a large room that will combine the functions of a hall, dining room, kitchen, and one or two smaller rooms - for a bedroom and a nursery or office. The bathroom is often combined to save space. Often, a small veranda is completed to the house, part of which can be used as a storage room. If the cottage is to be used as a summer residence, then one large room, organized on the principle of a studio, and a small bedroom are usually made there.
A house on one floor can be built from aerated concrete or timber. Building from a log is not a good idea, as it is irrational, given that a small building is usually chosen as an economical option. It is more difficult to work with heavy material, you will have to wait for shrinkage, use a more durable and expensive foundation - all this will increase costs. If you want to get just a wooden house, then a log house from a bar will be an excellent alternative to a log.
A fireplace can be a good addition. A small holiday cottage can even be heated with it when the weather is already getting cool. For a year-round house on one floor, you can provide a system with a stove or a gas boiler, depending on which fuel is preferable.
How to arrange rooms in a two-story house?
Often, small cottages are built on 2 floors to increase the available space. They are erected, like one-story ones, from foam blocks or timber. The layout can be different depending on the needs of the tenants, but there are several typical options.
- On the ground floor, a general-purpose space is organized - a living room, a kitchen, a dining room. A private area is created upstairs - a bedroom, a children's room or an office.
- Such a house is also suitable for a family with two children. In this case, on the second floor, you can make a room for each child, in the middle there is a small hall with a staircase, and below there will be the parents' bedroom, a kitchen, and a common room.
- If the cottage is intended for temporary relaxation, then often a bathhouse and a sauna, as well as a common area, are planned on the ground floor. Upstairs can accommodate two bedrooms with a bathroom.
The area allows you to lay 2-3 living rooms, in addition to the common space, and you can use them at your discretion. Someone needs a nursery for a child, others prefer to arrange a guest bedroom, and there are those who equip a home workshop inside.
The staircase deserves special attention. Some builders believe that a helical structure is the best idea for a small space. This is partly true, it really saves meters, but at the same time it may be inconvenient for residents to use such a staircase, especially if they are children or people who have problems with movement. Therefore, it may be worth considering the classic design. She also has advantages - in addition to convenience, you can equip a pantry or a wardrobe under the stairs.
In some cases, a one-story house seems too small to people, but the construction of a two-story house threatens to hit the budget. A compromise can be a cottage with an attic. It provides additional living space and the opportunity to save a little during construction.
In such a building, the walls of the second floor are formed due to the roof slopes, so only the central space is used, but it is enough to make 1-2 rooms. At the same time, there are certain inconveniences associated with the design features. The roof can freeze in winter and heat up in summer, so you should take care of creating high-quality insulation. The one-and-a-half-storey house has an interesting feature - windows directly in the roof, which give a lot of sunlight.
Many people have a car. Keeping it on the street is not always convenient, so a garage can be envisaged in the project. If there is no place on the site for such a building, then it is placed under the same roof with the house. The garage is located on the ground floor, if necessary, you can make a door directly from the living quarters so as not to go out into the street.
Of course, with such a layout, the available space is reduced, but if 1-2 people live in the house, then this is uncritical. On the ground floor, there will be some free space to organize the living room and kitchen, and upstairs you can make a bedroom.
In a small cottage, you can make an additional area. The veranda differs from the terrace in that it is a closed space. If it is not insulated, it is usually used as an outbuilding or storage room.If you wish, you can make insulation - then the veranda will turn into an additional room.
Even if initially this room was not provided, it can be added after some time without much difficulty, if the owners want to make repairs and slightly expand the space.
When the weather is nice, it is nice to relax outdoors. The terrace serves for these purposes. It can be completely open or under a canopy. The second option is more practical, because it protects from precipitation and too bright sun. More often, the terrace is attached to the country house, and a closed veranda is provided for year-round housing.
With a balcony
The recreation area can be arranged on the second floor. A balcony is suitable for this. There are different options - from small to spacious, located along the entire wall. If the balcony is large, it can be glazed and insulated in the future, expanding the living space if necessary.
With bay window
A small house can be made beautiful and more spacious through an interesting architectural solution. A bay window is a protruding part; it can be semicircular, rectangular or multifaceted. Usually it involves additional windows, which allows you to make the main space more illuminated during the daytime.
The bay window can be located both on the first floor and on the second - it all depends on the wishes of the owners of the house. If it adjoins the living room or kitchen, then it is often used to equip the dining area. A bay window in a bedroom or nursery is suitable for creating a work area with a desk due to good lighting.
Examples of projects
A good solution is a house with an attic. Its construction will cost less than the construction of a two-story structure, while the owners will have enough space. The plan provides for two bedrooms upstairs, one more downstairs. There is also a living room combined with a dining room, a kitchen and one bathroom. A small cottage is suitable for a young couple with a child.
This house can be considered as a summer cottage or a dwelling for 1-2 people. On the ground floor there is one large room that combines the functions of a kitchen, a dining room and a hall. Upstairs is the bedroom. There is also a terrace and a balcony.
The two-storey house has everything you need for permanent living. Above, there is a private area, there are equipped bedrooms and a dressing room. On the ground floor there are common areas - a kitchen, a living room, a dining room, and a bathroom.
There is also a small porch with a canopy attached to the house.
The summer cottage can also be one-story. If it will be used for temporary residence, this will be sufficient. There is enough space to equip a bedroom and a common recreation room, where you can also arrange a cooking area. In addition, the layout includes a small hall and a porch with a canopy.
Another option for a country house with a sauna. It is located next to the bathroom, which is quite convenient. And also the area contains a bedroom and a shared kitchen-living room. There is a small entrance hall and a terrace where you can relax in good weather.
This two-storey house is designed for a small family. The layout is classic, with a private area on the second floor and a common space below. The first floor is divided into a living room and a kitchen, where a dining area is also expected. There is a small hall. This house does not have a third bedroom or dressing room, but the rooms are more spacious.